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How To Keep Your Truck Camper Cool In Hot Weather

“One of the best items we have used is a Turbo Kool (dry climates only).  This is a 12 volt, water cool air conditioner.  It works just like the evaporative air conditioner you may have in your home.  It works great in an area that does not have a lot of humidity.  Turbo Kools are built in Sparks, Nevada.  We really love it.” – Alan Crawford, 2015 Chevy 3500, 1989 S&S 9.5

“We go to higher elevations and camp in the winter most of the time.  The desert is great, cool and dry.  Usually we use the Fantastic Fan, have a generator and air conditioner, but use it only when it is really hot.” – Dave and Lila Weinstein, Dodge Ram 3500, Arctic Fox 1150

“A Fantastic Fan came with the unit.  I installed a MaxxAir roof vent covers and installed two Window MaxxAir vents on both sides of camper.  I run the fan at various speeds for a nice cross breeze.” – Vic Smith, 1997 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2014 Adventurer 89RB

“I’ve only used this camper for a few years.  I live in the mountains of western North Carolina and camp close to where I live.  Cool nights and warm summer days.  I mostly boondock so I have no power and the generator is not big enough to handle our air conditioner.  The camper has a roof top unit, but seldom gets used except when I’m camping in a campground with AC power.

I have used the Fantastic Fan at night to draw the warm air out and cool the camper down.  I have even left it on all night before and the batteries were fine the next morning.  Cold drinks, shade and relaxing in my recliner under a shade tree is the best way to keep cool on a hot summer day!” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F250, 2006 Travel Lite 800 SBX

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“If it’s really hot and I have 110 power, I use my Duo Therm Briskair.  Right at this moment, I’m sitting at Camp James on the Kern River and it is only 62 degrees out.  I have all the vents open and some of the windows.  I just let the breeze flow through.” – Tim May, 1993 W250, 1987 Vacationeer 9’10″

For Winter Camping –> How To Heat Your Camper

“We use a built-in air conditioner and a Yamaha 2000 generator to produce power when we’re off-the-grid.  We also open all the windows and use a Fantastic Fan built into the vent over the bed during milder temperatures.” – Ray Jordan, 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2012 Lance 825

“I have two Fantastic Fans and get under shade trees if it’s over ninety degrees.” – Philip, 2012 Ford F350, 1994 Lance Squire Lite 850

Fantastic Fan on roof of truck camper

“I do it all.  I’ve got an air conditioner on the roof and a Fantastic Fan.  I also have a spare 12 volt fan that can go anywhere in or out.  I camp mostly in the north, in the shade when I can.  So far I have not had to use the air conditioner.  If I go south in the Summer, I will plug in when I can, use the fans when I can’t and, if it gets unbearable, I’ll fire up the generator and use the air conditioner.” – Joe Woods, 2013 Ford F350, Northstar Igloo 9.5

“We use the Fantastic Fan for air flow when it gets warm.  If it’s hot, then we use the air conditioner – if we have an electric hook up.  If not, then we use palm leaves.” – Barry Schoenwetter, 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2005 Lance 1030

“I have built in air, and go to cool places with plenty of trees and shade.  There is also ample amounts of beer.” – Sam, 2002 Ford F250, 1995 Shadow Cruiser

Honda generator eu2000i

“I mounted a 13,500 roof top air conditioner and have the original 12-volt fan over the bunk.  There is a 12-volt circulation fan for additional air movement sitting on the counter.  I use one or two Honda EU2000 generators as necessary when power is not available.” – Bob Cooke, 2002 Dodge Ram 2500, 1966 Avion C-10

“We use the Fantastic Fan and open some windows.  By opening the right window(s) high/low we find there is no need for air conditioner.  We are either in the woods or at the beach where it is always cool.  We prefer a good breeze and open windows to air conditioning.  In fact, when we bought out new camper last year, we opted out of getting an air conditioner.” – Bill Tex, 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2013 Eagle Cap 850

“I have an air conditioner in the camper and a box fan in my kitchen galley and a box fan under the awning.” – Joseph Brown, 2008 Toyota Tundra, 2010 Travel Lite 800SB

“Fantastic Fans at full speed to start pulling out the heat while the air conditioner kicks in.  Once it gets livable inside, button her up and let the air conditioner work hard.  If I am in 65 degrees or lower, I turn on the bathroom fan, open the front vent, and let the heat go out one end while cold air gets pulled in the other.  That seems to work well.” – Roy Del Pozo, 1999 Dodge Ram 2500, 2013 CampLite 8.6

“On warm days we just open the windows and turn on the Fantastic Fan.  On hot days, with full electric hook up, we use the roof top air conditioner unit.  We camp mainly in the mountains of Virginia, so it is rare to use our air conditioner at night.” – Wade and Becky Johnson, 2004 Ford F-350, 2003 Lance 1161

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